Meet Our Team

Dr Jana Walsh curtin veterinary clinic canberra
DR Jana Walsh BSC BVMS

Dr Jana graduated from Murdoch University Perth, in 1992. Member of the Australian Veterinary Association.  Member of the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association.

Dr Jana has felt an affinity with pets all her life and a dream came true when she was accepted into the veterinary degree in 1988. Upon graduating, she gained her first work placement in a small rural community in WA, where she saw an extremely varied and interesting case load. Here she developed a passion for surgery, inspired by her boss, who was an experienced orthopaedic veterinary surgeon and was very eager to share his knowledge.  Over the years Dr Jana has regularly attended courses, seminars and practical workshops to keep up to date with the very fast changing area of veterinary science. During that time she has developed a specific interest in orthopaedics, oncology, endocrinology, feline and canine medicine and animal behaviour.

She is a great believer in giving owners all options of treating a particular case and being there to give support and help make their decisions easier. It is her mission to give the best possible veterinary service to her clients, to gain their trust, to respect their needs and feelings and to do the best possible for their pets.

Dr Jana’s love of her life was Snoopy the Beagle, who features as the mascot of the clinic and sadly passed away at 13 years of age in December 2016.  Hugo the Boxer takes a pretty close second spot though and is her constant companion, coming to work with her nearly every day. Jana adopted Max, a Deerhound Cross from ARF in 2017. She lives with hubby Martin, who grew up in Curtin and is a true local, and has two grown up sons.

Dr Dilly Abeyawardane (BVMS)

Dr Dilly is one of our full time vets and received her primary and secondary education in Sri Lanka. She then completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne in 2006. For the next four years, Dilly worked at the RSPCA (Victoria), during which time she developed a special interest in Emergency Medicine. A scholarship from the RSPCA ensued and culminated in the completion of a course in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine in 2008.

In 2010-2012, Dr Dilly joined the team at Lord Smith Animal Hospital in order to pursue her interest in Emergency Medicine and after-hours care. A move to Canberra in 2012 saw Dr Dilly take up a position at the Animal Emergency Center Canberra and since then has enjoyed a mixture of emergency and general veterinary practice around Canberra.

Dr Dilly is the founder of Pets in the Park Canberra where she volunteers her services every first Sunday of every month at the Pilgrim House, which provides free veterinary care for homeless people in Canberra, a highly commendable achievement!

Dr Dilly is the proud mum of three  Domestic Short Hair rescue cats. She also enjoys all things culinary, be it cooking, baking or dining with her friends.

Dr Jade Ng (BVMS)

Dr Jade is a locum vet who joined us to relieve Dr Erin while she is on maternity leave.  She hails from Sydney and graduated with her veterinary degree in 2008 from Sydney University and has enjoyed stints in veterinary practice in Albury/Wodonga for some years and also as a locum vet in various Sydney practices.  Dr Jade’s interest lies in the medical diagnostic area and she has done extra study to compliment this.  Dr Jade loves her three legged cat Milo whom she rescued.

Dr Sarah Monaghan (BVMS)

Dr Sarah is one of our ‘mum’ vets who has two toddlers at home and at this stage works for us on Saturdays to give our full timers a break.  Dr Sarah is a true local and grew up in Canberra, then moved to Melbourne for some years and worked for a large vet practice servicing three clinics.  She has now moved back to Canbera with hubby and kids to be near her extended family and has joined our Curtin Vet team.  Dr Sarah has many pets, horses, dogs, cats and chooks and is very involved with the local pony clubs.

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Georgia (Head Nurse)

Georgia grew up in Canberra and has been in the vet industry since July 2016 and completed her vet nurse certficate IV at the end of 2017, and since has developed a flare for assisting the vets in surgeries, helping recover patients and monitoring them. In 2020 Georgia took on the Head Vet Nurse role.

Georgia started out with volunteering for the RSPCA, which gave her an insight into the veterinary industry and from that knew this was going to be her career path.  This is where she found her pride and joy, Bella the Staffy.  Together they have done dog obedience, go bush walking and both love coming to the Curtin Vet Walking Club.  In her spare time Georgia loves going to music concerts and going to the gym. She loves adrenaline sports like shark diving, canyon swinging and skydiving.

Leesa (Head of Admin – Vet nurse)

Leesa originally hailed from Melbourne where her veterinary career started and joined us when we first opened in 2014. She’s been a vet nurse for many years and very dedicated to her job.  She took 12 months off to take her family around Australia and on her return brought back a gorgeous pup Bont – a Dogue de Bordeaux.  In 2020 she became Head of Admin and looks after many clerical tasks behind the scenes and mixes this with vet nursing. Bont, her three kids plus hubby keep her busy in her spare time.

JAINA (Trainee Vet Nurse) Curtin Veterinary Clinic
Jaina (Vet Nurse)

Jaina is a fully qualified veterinary nurse and  gained her Vet Nurse Cert IV qualifications at the local CIT. Jaina loves customer service and you will find her at our reception most days, however she also loves being a surgical assistant to our vets.  She is a keen Saturday morning walker as part of our Curtin Vets Walking Club and always brings her beautiful pooch Kiara along.  She adopted her from the RSPCA and we believe she is a Husky cross Staffy.  Jaina is also a part of our puppy class team and loves being an educator of new puppy owners. 

Mikayla (Vet nurse)

Mikayla joined the team in 2020 when she became a fully qualified vet nurse and originally hails from Goulburn. She’s very quickly immersed herself in everything surgical and reception and loves being a vet nurse.

Mikayla is one of our regulars at the Curtin Vet Walking Club, where you will be able to meet her and her fur baby Buddy, so come and say hello to them!

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